Literature Question

ALBD Intro Format:

TS(Topic Sentence):

More Important Info:( **include transitions here to thesis statement. *Note: 1-2 sentences**)

Thesis Statement/Major Claim:

ALBD Body Paragraph #1: Format

**Essential Questions to answer: PRE-WRITING**

TS(Topic Sentence):

CD #1:(Concrete Detail- *Note: the evidence for your argument. One of the points/sub claims from the major claim/thesis.)

Analysis/Commentary #1: (*Note:Reflection statement-how does this evidence support your major claim/thesis?)

Analysis/Commentary #2: (*Note: Reflection statement how does this evidence support your major claim/thesis?)

CD #2:(Concrete Detail- *Note: the evidence for your argument. One of the points/sub claims from the major claim/thesis.)

Analysis/Commentary #1: (*Note:Reflection statement-how does this evidence support your major claim/thesis?)

Analysis/Commentary #2: (*Note: Reflection statement how does this evidence support your major claim/thesis?)

ALBD Body Paragraph #2: Format

**Essential Questions to answer: PRE-WRITING**

TS(Topic Sentence):

CD #1:(Concrete Detail- *Note: the evidence for your argument. One of the points/sub claims from the major claim/thesis.)

Analysis/Commentary #1: (*Note:Reflection statement-how does this evidence support your major claim/thesis?)

Analysis/Commentary #2: (*Note: Reflection statement how does this evidence support your major claim/thesis?)

CD #2:(Concrete Detail- *Note: the evidence for your argument. One of the points/sub claims from the major claim/thesis.)

Analysis/Commentary #1: (*Note:Reflection statement-how does this evidence support your major claim/thesis?)

Analysis/Commentary #2: (*Note: Reflection statement how does this evidence support your major claim/thesis?)

ALBD Conclusion: Paragraph Format

TS(Topic Sentence):

More Important Info:( **include transitions here to thesis statement. *Note: 1-2 sentences**)

Thesis Statement/Major Claim:(*Note: Restate the main argument and how sub claims and analysis/commentary prove it right!) (Outline)

A Lesson Before Dying Essay Assignment

Directions: Choose one of the following essay prompts in order to complete a literary analysis.

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Safe Questions (from previous Socratic Seminar):

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  1. Analyze the relationship between Tante Lou and Grant. In what ways is he emasculated (definition: deprived of his male role) in their relationship? In what ways has she forced him to “be the man of the house”?

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  1. Discuss colorism within Gaines’ novel. Do you think Gaines is trying to prove a point within the black community? Why or why not? Provide examples to enhance your argument. According to Wikipedia, colorism is “a form of prejudice or discrimination usually from members of the same race in which people are treated differently based on the social implications from cultural meanings attached to skin color.”

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  1. Discuss the superintendent’s visit to Grant’s school. What seems to be his focus with regard to the children? How does Grant interact with his students? Discuss any other opinions or viewpoints regarding the childrens’ education in this school house.

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Challenge Questions:

  1. For all the book’s religious symbolism, the central character is a man without faith. Grant’s refusal to attend church has deeply hurt his aunt and antagonized Reverend Ambrose, whose religion Grant at first dismisses as a sham. Yet at the book’s climax he admits that Ambrose “is braver than I,” and he has his pupils pray in the hours before Jefferson’s death. What kind of faith does Grant acquire in the course of this book? Why does the Reverend emerge as the stronger of the two men?

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  1. Analyze the significance of Grant’s statement: “They want me for their own” (165). Who is “they”? What does it mean to “want [him] for their own”? Discuss Grant’s experience within institutionalized racism both in and outside of his community.

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  1. Analyze Grant’s definition of a hero and his correlation between Jefferson and a hero and why Grant needs Jefferson. What lesson has Grant learned?

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Expectations

  • Length: 750-1000 words
  • Avoid a plot summary – focus on creating an analysis. We read the text so we don’t need a summary. However, we want to know what YOU THINK about the novel.
  • Times New Roman or Arial, size 12 font, double-spaced
  • Use proper MLA format (use the template provided!!!)
  • No outside research is required or necessary – this should focus on your thoughts and the text.

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Rubric

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Content:

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_____/5 The author includes an argumentative/opinion-based thesis.

_____/10 Claims are clearly stated and help to answer the thesis.

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_____/20 Directly answers the prompt with evidence from the text.

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_____/20 All evidence supports the claims and thesis statement.

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_____/10 Quotes/references are all introduced properly. (Grant said, “…”)

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_____/30 Analysis is strong and fully argues the reason the claim/thesis are true.

Grammar/Mechanics/Paper Setup:

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_____/15 The minimum paper length requirement of 750 words has been met.

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_____/5 MLA conventions are followed (use the template!!!!).

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_____/10 Smooth transitions between paragraphs.

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_____/10 There are few grammar/mechanical errors.

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______/ 135 Total

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